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As Florida hunkers down for Hurricane Irma, another reminder of the power of nature: Mexico’s most powerful earthquake in decades killed at least 34 people last night. At Magnitude 8.1, it triggered alerts as far away as Southeast Asia.
Dave Graham, Reuters
At a moment of historic division, the President told reporters yesterday, “The people of the United States…want to see coming together." Specifically he’s coming together with Democrats on Capitol Hill, stepping over Republican leadership in the House and the Senate. As always with this President, the question is, “How long will it last?” One biographer says his “love bombs” have limited fallout. What’s in store for Obamacare, tax cuts, the Border Wall… and next year’s midterm elections?
Burgess Everett, Politico (@burgessev)
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (@JRubinBlogger)
Adam Jentleson, Center for American Progress (@AJentleson)
Gwenda Blair, Author (@GwendaLBlair)
Molly Reynolds, Brookings Institution (@mollyereynolds)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says he won’t stand for the Star Spangled Banner after police pointed a gun at his head in Las Vegas. Unlike 49ers former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, at least Bennett is working.
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The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid? Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy? Jews in both countries are sharply divided over a question that goes to the founding of the “Jewish State.”
Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.
Cyberwar: Can the US Defend Against “The Perfect Weapon?” By hacking centrifuges, the US may have slowed Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. But a good offense is not the best defense. Threats to US elections, the power grid and even medical records are real and present. But they’re not getting the attention they deserve. That’s according to the New York Times’ David Sanger, in his book The Perfect Weapon.
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